Sarah Palin responds to allegations of Tea Party racism
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin published the following message on her Facebook page on Tuesday night:
What follows is Palin's "message." And that's it. CNN simply reprinted Palin's words, sans context, which effectively makes them an extension of her press office.
A real news organization might have taken a moment to scrutinize Palin's words -- you know, for kicks? Here, for example, is what she says about "Tea Party Americans":
No one wants to be associated with any organization that is in any way racist in sentiment or origin. I certainly don’t want to be.
A half-sentient reporter might point to April's University of Washington poll that found that
Only 35 percent of those who strongly approve of the tea party agreed that blacks are hardworking, compared with 55 percent of those who strongly disapprove of the tea party. On whether blacks were intelligent, 45 percent of the tea-party supporters agreed, compared with 59 percent of the tea-party opponents. And on the issue of whether blacks were trustworthy, 41 percent of the tea-party supporters agreed, compared with 57 percent of the tea-party opponents.
Maybe I'm asking for too much.